February is American Heart Month

Since 1963, February has been American Heart Month.

Throughout this month, Americans are reminded to make heart healthy choices that will make a difference in the fight against heart disease. As you may already be aware, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But there’s some good news—the possibility of developing heart disease can be significantly reduced by making healthy lifestyle changes.

Here are some heart healthy lifestyle changes you can make TODAY:

Add exercise into your routine. Start with at least 15 minutes – 3 days per week. Slowly increase to 30 minutes – 5 days per week, as tolerated.

Eat the colors of the rainbow! Fruits and vegetables add heart healthy fiber, vitamins and nutrients into your diet.

Reduce salt intake. Use spices to add flavor to your dishes instead.

Take the initiative to quit smoking. It won’t be easy, but it will make all the difference in the fight against heart disease.

Schedule a visit with your doctor. Ask for more ways you can work to prevent heart disease.

American Heart Association Initiatives for Heart Month

The American Heart Association hosts a number of events each year in an effort to empower the community.

For more information, visit www.heart.org.

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